At last, we’re resuming the student exchange

We are pleased to announce that MISCA, in cooperation with Mercer Island High School, is planning a trip to Thonon les Bains during winter break, 2023, for high school students to stay with host students and learn about our sister city, its history, culture, everyday life, and visit Thonon area attractions.

In late October, 2023, the French students travel to Mercer Island, where they spend about a week with the same students who hosted them in Thonon. MI students are carefully matched to hosts of similar ages and interests.

This trip is tentatively planned for winter break, approximately Feb. 17-27, 2023. Any high school student in grades 9-11 may apply; sorry no seniors, as students must be willing to welcome their French host on MI in October, 2023.

Host families cover the cost of students’ meals while in their homes; students’ families are responsible for their airfare, travel insurance, program fees and spending money for incidentals.

Applications are due Nov. 11, 2022 and should be turned into a French teacher at MIHS. See the link to the application below:

2023 MISCA xchg application form



Below is information about our most recent exchange. Visit GALLERY for photos from that visit.

Here are most of the Mercer Island High School students on the 2019 exchange trip to Mercer Island’s sister city, Thonon les Bains, France, over spring break, 2019. Their host sisters and brothers visited Mercer Island in October for the second part of the exchange.


Mercer Island students experience Thonon les Bains


            A group of 26 excited Mercer Island High school students began an exciting cultural adventure on Friday, April 5, 2019. They went to Thonon les Bains, France, Mercer Island’s sister city, as the first part in a two-way student exchange program organized by the Mercer Island Sister City Association. They stayed in the homes of French students and their families; those students came to stay with their American counterparts on Mercer Island in October.

            Three chaperones, Beth Brennen, Jane Meyer Brahm and Gabrielle Sisco, accompanied the group.

            In addition to going on excursions with their host families, and attending classes in the French schools with their host brothers and sisters, the students visited various local attractions. They toured the Musee du Chablais and the Chateau de Ripaille, as well as the Evian Mineral Water plant. They were welcomed by the mayor and enjoyed a luncheon at City Hall. They took a ferryboat to Lausanne, Switzerland, where they visited the Olympic Museum. They went to Vevey, Switzerland, where they will visited a new museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin who used to live there. There were various group meals during the trip, culminating in a “raclette” soiree with all the host families.

            Students on the trip were: Dyani Aguila, Irene Argenti, Caitlyn Barber, Callahan Dawson, Morgan Dawson, Luca Debray, Norah Evans, Harry Gollin, Kate Gormley, Aimee Graesser, Mackenzie Hamilton, Eleanor Hargraft, Simon Hermelee, Carolina Keith, Grace Lenington, Anna Perry, Colson Rimmer Sean Ronaldson, Bennette Samuelly, Jarrett Sato, Caden Schreuder, Katie Stoops, Madeline “Maddy” Way, Bill Wang, Kieran Watson and Tessa Werdel.